Exploring Vestiges of Power and Prestige in Vienna, Austria

Sculpture of two eagles and crown in Vienna, AustriaCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f4 L series IS lens @ 169mm. Exposure Details: 1/25 second @ f11 ISO 400.

Here's a photo of a sculptural element in a lovely park in the Austrian capital, Vienna. I was wandering around in the calm of twilight when I noticed this impressive sculpture. I wanted to illustrate its grandeur, but struggled due to the fact that it was backlit.

Under bright light conditions this would have resulted in a silhouette. Fortunately the relatively low levels of light made it possible to make the image, although it did look flat. The solution: careful image processing on the desktop.     

I've opted for quite a graphic rendering to emphasize the sculpture's shape and textural qualities. To this end I employed the following procedure:
  • remove all color
  • emphasized texture by increasing local contrast throughout the sculpture 
  • added a warm tone for mood
I decided to opt for black and white for two main reasons: the prevalence of texture throughout the sculpture and the flat, uninteresting sky. It's a very graphic result which, while not pretty, does produce a look that I find appropriate to the power and prestige symbolized by this sculpture.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru